Cherry Blossom in Japan – 9 Daysfrom
(Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Nara)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
March and April are historically the best times to see cherry blossoms around Japan. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first time visitor to Japan, we recommend “The Golden Route” itinerary, our most popular tour. This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to “must see” tourist attractions in Tokyo and Kyoto.This itinerary of Japan features national parks, culture, architecture and must-see sights of Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Kyoto. The itinerary highlights flowering gardens and the best places to see cherry blossom. The tour beings in Tokyo, following a route of mountainous scenes through coastal regions of Honshu Island and finishes in Osaka
- 07 Accommodation in listed hotels or similar based on DBL / TWN sharing basis
- Daily Breakfast
- 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- Entrance to the attractions as specified in the itinerary
- Transport in private / scheduled touring vehicles
- Services of English-speaking driver/ guide for all transfers and sightseeing
- International Return Airfare from Los Angeles (please check with us for your preferred gateway)
- Air taxes and fuel surcharges
- All local applicable taxes
- All other meals
- All other sightseeing or Services
- Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers
- Beverages during the meals
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry
- Any other services or Items not mentioned above as included
- Local City Taxes or Resort fee, if applicable to be paid directly at hotels upon check out
Day 1 - (Saturday)
USA / CANADA Departure
Board your overnight flight to Tokyo today
Day 2 - (Sunday)
Japan - Arrival [-/-/-]
Upon arrival in Tokyo, claim your bags and proceed towards arrival hall. Our representative will meet you and assist you with your transfer to hotel. (Standard check-in time is 3:00 pm). The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
If you have arrived early, you might like to take a stroll on the streets of Tokyo.
Overnight in Tokyo
Day 3 - (Monday)
After breakfast, you will be taken to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the most colorful temple in Tokyo that holds Japan’s largest paper lantern. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the temple’s ”thunder gate” (Kaminarimon). It is an Edo- style shopping street full of traditional snacks and souvenirs
Make your way to Ueno Park, an excellent cherry blossom spot with more than 1,000 cherry trees. Afterwards, you will have the chance to participate in a delicious sushi making experience with a professional sushi chef. Whatever you prepare, you will get to eat! Our next attraction will be the Tsukiji Outer Market, which is lined with a plethora of food stands and shops. Our group will continue to the Imperial Palace, the current residence of Japan’s Imperial Family and former grounds of the Edo Castle. It is surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, located in the heart of Tokyo. From there, we will reach our final stop of the day, the Tokyo Tower. At 333 meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. Visitors can go up 150 meters to the main observatory deck and get a panoramic view of the city.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don’t eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.
Overnight in Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 4 - (Tuesday)
Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone [B/L/D]
AWe will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather conditions) to admire the world famous peak. Next, travel to Hakone, one of Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts. You will also get to view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Most of Owakudani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Visitors will encounter the area’s hot springs and bubbling pools, complete with sulfurous fumes and steam vents. If the weather conditions are in our favor, Owakudani also grants splendid views of Mount Fuji. Then, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
Overnight in Oizumi Kogen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - (Wednesday)
Mastumoto - Takayama [B/-/D]
After breakfast, we will head to Matsumoto, where we will visit the photogenic Matsumoto Castle (Black Crow Castle), dating back over 400 years. Then, we will continue our tour to Takayama. This city is located amongst the Japanese Alps and is sometimes called ”Little Kyoto” for its preserved historical structures and environment. Due to its remote position in the mountains, it was cut off from the rest of Japan for most of its history and thus has maintained a very unique and traditional atmosphere. As we explore the old town of Takayama, you may notice huge cedar balls hanging from the eaves of several shops. These indicate that the shops are sake breweries. Next, visit Takayama Jinya, a former local government office that now serves as a public museum. It features an interesting interrogation room and official documents of past feudal lords.
Overnight in Takayama
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6 - (Thursday)
Takayama - Shirakawa-Go - Kanazawa - Kyoto- Karnak Temple [B/L/-]
This morning, we will stop by the lively city market before heading to the rural area of Shirakawa- go. Shirakawa- go is home of the UNESCO designated gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri translates to ”prayer hands”, in which the roofs resemble hands in prayer. Visitors can see great views of Ogimachi Village from the Shiroyama Viewpoint. We will also tour the Gassho-zukuri Minkaen, an open air museum of farmhouses and other structures. Afterwards, we will travel to Kanazawa to visit the Kenrokuen Garden, one of three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. Here, you can find the oldest fountain in Japan and Kotoji-toro, an iconic two- legged stone lantern. Next, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride from Maibara to Kyoto, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay two nights in Kyoto, an ancient city known for its historic values.
Overnight in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7 - (Friday)
We will spend the day touring Kyoto, which once served as Japan’s capital from 794 until 1868. It is considered Japan’s cultural center, even being spared from the bombings of WWII due to its historically priceless structures. Our group will first visit Arashiyama, a scenic area particularly popular during the spring and autumn seasons. Visit a traditional Zen garden at Tenryuji Temple before enjoying a stroll through the Sagano Bamboo Forest. Continue to the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), distinguished for its two top floors completely covered with 18 carat gold leaf. It was originally built as a retirment villa by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Then, our group will get experience an elegant kimono fashion show and learn how they are made at the Nishijin Textile Center. Our next attraction is the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that extends from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as a beautiful scene of Kyoto in the distance. From Kiyomizu Temple, we will head to Maruyama Park, which is one of the most popular places for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in Kyoto. Lastly, we will tour Gion, the city’s most famous geisha district. It is filled with exclusive ochaya (teahouses) where maiko and geisha entertain, and is also recognized for its traditional wooden machiya merchant houses.
Overnight in Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8 - (Saturday)
Kyoto - Osaka [B/L/-]
Today, we will get to experience a traditional green tea ceremony. There will also be a meet-and-greet with a maiko, who is simply an apprentice geisha. Photo-taking opportunities will be available as well. Our day continues to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its 4km long tunnel of vermillion colored torii gates, which was also featured in the film ”Memoirs of a Geisha”. Next, travel to Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most historically significant temples. Its main hall is the largest wooden building in Japan, and it also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 16.3 meters high. Outside the temple grounds is the Nara Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika deer. Our final stop of the day will be in Osaka. We will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment, and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line its streets. Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka’s oldest shopping destinations.
Overnight in Osaka
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 9 - (Sunday)
Osaka Departure [B/-/-]
Today marks the end of your Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan You take home a big smile and a lifetime of memories – that much is certain!
You will be transferred back to airport for your return flight back home
(Note that at most hotels, the international standard for the check-out time is 11:00 Am. Should you depart later, baggage may be stored at the hotel. A late check-out depends on availability and may be subject to additional charges).
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers and local guides. Experience and professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs. You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation
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We use hotels that are closely monitoring COVID-19 updates and adhering to the guidelines that are set by the National Health Organization and WHO. Along with the Government directions are preparing to safely reopen and accept guests with thorough precautionary standards set in place, to ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming environment!
Cleanliness and hygiene standards at hotels are of high importance and they have implemented additional measures that meet the latest guidance on hygiene and cleaning, to ensure the safety of our guests and team daily. The hotels are using cleaning & environmentally friendly products and protocols that are effective against viruses. They are conducting enhanced training and corona virus awareness, updating our team in response to the new standards COVID -19 has set for our well-being, onward
A post signage on entrance door that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted in the hotel Public spaces. They will perform cleaning and disinfection in all public spaces with increased frequency; Hand sanitizers have been placed at all areas and team facilities including lobby, dining outlets and reception desk, bathrooms and offices. The hotels will provide surgical masks and gloves to guests and staff according to the new guidelines . Designated signage at all public areas, notifying guests of keeping social distance, wearing masks, use hand sanitizers.
Elevators, must be used by one passenger at a time, or guests sharing the same room. Still, we encourage you to use the stairs.
Rooms. Key prevention protocols are followed to clean the rooms with particular attention paid to high touch items. A rigorous cleaning after guest depart and before the next arrival. More detailed information is provided in each room
Back of House. Screening of all teams, in each shift before entering the Hotel, for symptoms to Immediately exclude anyone. In the spaces where Hotels team is working we are increasing the frequency of cleaning and focusing on high-touch areas like entrances, locker rooms, laundry rooms and offices
The hotels will ensure to follow Food Safety Policies as well with daily cleaning and disinfection of the kitchen and other food preparation areas, surfaces, proper cooking and storage of food and hygiene practices.
(Please visit individual Hotel Website for Covid-19 related information)
Our suppliers use transport companies, those have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you peace of mind when you are travelling during these new times.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the transport companies have taken additional measures to elevate our hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations.
The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis.
All our guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitizing when required.
Hand sanitizer will be available on board for your use throughout the day.
Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitizer to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries.
Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.
The health and safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority. As questions and concerns arise as a result of COVID-19, our group of companies has taken a number of precautionary measures to provide the highest level of protection for our customers and team.
Our COVID-19 measures include:
- The vehicles interiors are completely cleaned and sanitized daily.
- Drivers now perform a thorough cleaning of the vehicle’s interior surfaces with disinfectant wipes between each trip.
- Drivers have been issued protective disposable rubber gloves and masks.
- With the exception of dispatcher, office staff are now working remotely, from home.
- All employees have been instructed to self monitor, self isolate and seek immediate medical attention if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Under no circumstance will we allow sick employees to report for work.
At this time we don’t know what the exact future effects of Covid-19 will be on tourism in Japan. We hope that all attractions and hotels included in this offer will reopen and will continue to operate in 2021 but we may have to look for alternatives where this is not the case and we do appreciate your flexibility. We also do not know if social distancing restrictions will continue and so reserve the right to limit numbers on coaches and review prices if appropriate if these restrictions are applied by the governments.
Covid-19 Reschedule: Your tour qualifies from a reschedule to a future date based on government advisories. A mutually agreed date with the tour leader will be announced and all the deposits will be retained for future travel for the same trip.
- In order to enter Japan, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
- We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
- There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
- If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact Japan’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
- Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
- Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
- Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
- Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
- You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Hakone. Your luggage will be transferred for you from Tokyo to Kyoto directly.
- We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
- A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
- You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
- It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
- There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Japan.
- At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
- If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
- If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
- Most Japanese meals are based around rice or noodles with fish, meat, and vegetables flavored with soy sauce and miso. You may recognize popular dishes like sushi, tempura, and hot pot.
- Japan operates on 100 volts and uses a Type A plug, the same as in the U.S.
- We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
- The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
- Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
- Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
- There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
- When it’s noon in New York, it’s 1am on the following day in Japan.
- At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
- We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
- If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
- Tips can only be paid in cash.
- You will use the Japanese yen in Japan.
- Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
- We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
- You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
- Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
- International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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